Upcoming Scholar Summit Agenda

The Congressional Commission on a National Women’s History Museum will be hosting a Scholar Summit on January 26, 2016 at the Wilson International Center for Scholars. Below is an outline of the day’s schedule.

SUMMIT SCHEDULE the program will start promptly at 10:00 am and seats are on a first come, first serve basis. To assure that you have a seat, please plan to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the program.

9:30 am    Registration and Coffee

10:00 am     Welcome and Introductions

  • Jane Abraham, Chair, Congressional Commission
  • A’Lelia Bundles, Summit Moderator

10:15 am    Panel I:   Visions for the National Women’s History Museum

Discussion Topic: (Why) is a women’s history museum necessary? What should be its scope and shape? What should be its content?  Should the museum include a research center component?

  • Dr. Vicki Ruiz, University of California, Irvine (Panel Chair)
  • Dr. Talitha LeFlouria, Florida Atlantic University
  • Dr. Debra Michals, Merrimack College
  • Dr. Patricia Mooney-Melvin, Loyola University Chicago

11:30 am           Coffee Break

11:45 am          Panel II:   Women’s History: Academic and Public     

Discussion Topic: What is the relationship between the two fields? What are the opportunities and limitations of each? What challenges do curators face in translating research into museum exhibitions? What kind of academic research is most helpful to curators and exhibit planners?  

  • Dr. Marla Miller, University of Massachusetts – Amherst (Panel Chair)
  • Dr. Heather Huyck, NCWHS Research and Interpretation Committee
  • Dr. Sarah Leavitt, National Building Museum
  • Fath Ruffins, National Museum of American History
  • Dr. Susan Strasser, University of Delaware   

1:00 pm         Working Lunch  

Table groups will form to further discuss the topics discussed in Panel I and Panel II.

Table Group Discussion Leaders:  Dr. Regina T. Akers, A’Lelia Bundles, Page Harrington, Dr. Joyce Malcolm, and Dr. Sonya Michel

2:00 pm    Panel III:   Scholars and the Women’s History Museum in the Future

Discussion Topic: How can historians and other scholars of women help shape the museum going forward? How can they contribute to the Commission’s report? What role should they play in the museum’s strategic direction and/or governance? How can historians help mobilize support for the museum?

  • Page Harrington, Sewall-Belmont House Museum (Panel Chair)
  • Dr.  Regina T. Akers, Naval History and Heritage Command
  • Dr. Tiffany Gill, University of Delaware
  • Dr. Nicole Ivy, American Alliance of Museums

3:00 pm     Summit Wrap-up

3:15 pm    Summit Concludes


How to Track on Social Media:

For those not attending the summit, you can follow the discussion on the day by tracking the tag #WmnHistSummit on Facebook and Twitter. You can also check our website for daily updates.

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